What is the Standard for Forklift Seatbelt?
Prior to 1992, OSHA did not have a regulation to wearing seat belts. Then in 1992 the ASME B56.1-1993 required that, “powered industrial trucks manufactured after 1992 must have a restraint device system, or enclosure that is intended to assist the operator in reducing the risk of entrapment of the operator’s head and/or torso between the truck and ground in the event of a tipover.” OSHA decided to enforce this standard under Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act. As many of us know, there are plenty of drivers working each day without a forklift seatbelt. Many of the reasons include, ‘I get in/out of the forklift often”, “It doesn’t help anyway”, or “Management is just trying to find a way for me to mess up.”